With the passing of Carrie Fisher, I decided the best way to honor her memory was to run the Star Wars Light Side 10k as Princess Leia.
I’ve never run in a full costume – always something running inspired. I quickly put together an idea and started making it happen.
I always find Disneyland races to feel cooler on race morning so I knew I would want to run in a t-shirt instead of my usual tank. I used Etsy to find a cute Leia running saying – “my only hope is to cross the finish line” – and then sent that off to be printed on a shirt.
Next step, bottoms. I knew I would not like running in a long skirt (like Leia’s iconic outfit from Episode 3). I decided on a running skirt from RunningSkirts.com. I love these skirts because they have pockets and compression shorts underneath. I picked my skirt up at Marathon weekend (yey expos!).
Last step, the belt. This was the real trouble for the whole costume. I knew I didn’t want heavy. I also knew I didn’t want to spend a lot to make a belt I would only maybe wear once or twice.
I decided the easiest material to work with would be felt and sparkle material. A quick trip to my local craft store and boom – I was in business.
Now, how do I make a belt?!?! I turned to Pinterest to find a pattern. There were a lot of detailed patterns for a more authentic looking belt. I found one for a Halloween costume and after looking at it, I realized it was at the belt shape I wanted.
Step 1: gather all materials needed; pattern, construction paper, pencil, felt, sparkle material, scissors, tape and pins.
I cut out the pattern once. I then taped piece 1 and 2 together. From there, I traced the pattern twice on to construction paper. Once both pieces were cut out, I taped both sides together to make one large belt shape.
I put the belt shape on top of my sparkle material and pinned the shape down. From there, I proceeded to start cutting the belt out of the material. I repeated this process twice so I could have both sides of the belt.
After cutting these pieces, it became very clear that I would need to add the felt to the sparkle. This would give the belt some weight. I repeated step 3 but with felt. Once the felt was cut, I used fabric glue to attach the sparkle to the felt.
After letting the glue dry overnight, I got ready to sew the 2 pieces together. Sewing is not my best work so my stitching is very fundamental and did the trick.
Last step was to add Velcro to the belt. I bought adhesive Velcro and cut it into strips. The instructions said to let the adhesive sit for 24 hours after applied to the fabric.
And you can see that it was a humid morning and my buns barely made it through the corrals but here’s what they looked like: